Our Team

Country Oaks School continues to provide positive learning experiences for young children and families for over 40 years. We are proud to be one of the first pre-schools in Northern California to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1986.


Country Oaks School adheres to Community Care licensing requirements for all hiring practices, including but not limtied to, education and clear criminal background check. In addition, we only hire teachers with strong early childhood educational backgrounds and experience. We attribute the success of Country Oaks School to our dedication, tradition and quality.

Angie Williams 

Co-Founder and Director

Angie Williams, born and raised in East Sacramento, is the oldest of four siblings.  She has her Bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Kindergarten/Primary Education with minors in art and art history. She taught in the San Juan Unified School District for 17 years as a kindergarten teacher and went on to develop and direct a Parent Co-op Nursery School for SJUSD emphasizing positive parenting skills with a developmentally appropriate school environment for children ages three to five years of age.  In 1979, she co-founded Country Oaks School with her sister, Gilder Caplan.  She and her sister are very proud that this is a legacy school where parents attended and then their children attend. She is married and has two grown children and seven adult grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family.


Gilder Caplan

Co-Founder and Director

Gilder Caplan, born and raised in East Sacramento, is third born of four siblings.  She has her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and an elementary credential with an emphasis in the kindergarten primary classes. She taught kindergarten in the Sacramento Unified School District for five years. She stayed home to raise her two sons for a few years and then joined her sister to co-found Country Oaks School in 1979.  Her youngest son attended and became part of the first class of young children to learn and grow within the Country Oaks environment.  She is married and has two grown sons and four elementary age grandchildren.  She enjoys shopping, time in the mountains and spending time with her family.


Niki Brown

Assistant Director

Niki was born and raised in Marin.  After receiving her degree in child development, she joined friends in Sacramento where she has happily lived since 1998. Niki has always loved children and gravitates toward anything that provides her the chance to learn about and teach young people.  Even as a teen, she volunteered regularly as a mentor and peer counselor to youth in a variety of different ways.  She previously taught for several years at a Montessori-based preschool and served as Assistant Director at another preschool.  


She was attracted to Country Oaks because of its outstanding long-term reputation for providing optimal educational experiences in a stimulating, nurturing, family-oriented environment.  She feels privileged to have been part of the Country Oaks family for the past 15 years.   Each day is an opportunity to actively participate and contribute to the academic, emotional, creative, and healthy growth and development of every one of the special youngsters at C.O.


Ryan and Niki have been married for 16 years and are the proud parents to two young sons.  Both of them are Country Oaks alumni!


Many of our teachers have been effective educators with Country Oaks School for as long as 20 years. Our long term, highly qualified team of teachers continue to share their outstanding early childhood educational abilities with creativity and commitment. Our team works together assisting in the development of appropriate curriculum and enrichment to each child's developmental level of growth. Their dedication to early childhood education and experience as a team continues to positively influence young children and families to learn and grow.